Katie and her husband. The entrance of the VIP suite was stunning. Trees with lights were the center piece of the floor.This photo does not do justice.
Fabio Viviani of Bravo's Top Chef was the guest judge of the event. He was one of the most down to earth people I have met in a very long time. You can tell he really respects his fans and fame has not gotten to his head. This made me happy as Fabio is still my favorite contender in Top Chef history.
|Megan, Fabio, Katie|
In my eyes, first place would have easily gone to Texas de Brazil who served their famous flank steak with chimichuri sauce over garlic mashed potatoes. It was delicious and really showed what Texas de Brazil is all about. Meat and Flavor. Although Texas de Brazil is one of our top 3 favorite date night restaurants, I am not playing favorites. They brought out the big guns this night with their flavors.
First place went to Shells Seafood. I haven't been to a Shells in ages - we used to have one in Daytona that closed down in the 90's. When we moved to Tampa, both Gabe and I were pleasantly shocked to see they were still around. They won first for their clam chowder which I heard multiple people raving about. The chowder was gone by the time I arrived to their station. I blame Fabio. So I snagged a photo of Shells shell fish, no pun intended.
Timpano Chophouse of Tampa, took home second place with Italian meatballs which was the first dish I tried of the evening. They were a delicious hit. Although I have been to Timpano quite a few times, I have never tried their Italian cuisine. I will give it a try next time for sure.
|Toffee to Go|
|Pasta Ala Vodka|
|Wild Game Poutine|
Frontera Chardonnay from Central Valley. Next time I am out to buy wine, I am making a special trip to ABC to grab a bottle of this goodness. My Mom was also introduced to Mumm Rose and fell in love. I may have to buy my Mom a bottle of Mumm for Mothers Day.